Walking is good for our minds, our bodies and our neighbourhoods and has been a lifeline during the past year, helping people stay active and connected. It’s one habit we should all be keeping beyond lockdown.
And here at Living Streets, we want to demonstrate how walking can help us tackle some of the biggest challenges we face, and end car dominance for good.
If you agree, we want you with us.
And as a way of saying thanks for your support, during National Walking Month this May, we will enter everyone who joins into our prize draw to win outdoor clothing shopping vouchers, so you're ready and raring to walk - whatever the weather! Our first prize is £200 and we have two runner up prizes of £50.
By becoming a Living Streets member, you will join our movement for change. We can provide our members with campaign support and access to exclusive news and events.
The way we move around our towns and cities plays a significant role in reducing carbon emissions, improving air quality and achieving better health.
Walking is the cheapest, greenest, healthiest transport there is, and it brings physical and mental health benefits. Everyone should be able to choose an active, healthy and stress-free life without a car. A walking nation means progress for everyone.
Through simple choices like prioritising walking we can achieve a cleaner future for people, places and our planet. Join our movement for change. Become a Living Streets member. If you'd prefer not to make a donation when you join just enter 0 in the amount box.
What you get
- Online regional meet-ups with other members and campaigners
- VIP access to Living Streets events
- Exclusive news and campaign guidance
- Members’ only e-news delivered direct to your inbox
- Invitation to our Annual General Meeting and voting rights
- Chance to vote on the Living Streets Charles Maher award for UK’s walking champion of the year
- Be the first to know about our forthcoming campaign work
- Help shape our movement for change through regular consultation
- Free access to our National Walking Summit (for those who donate)
Zebra crossings. Urban speed limits. The driving test. These major achievements wouldn’t have happened without Living Streets members. We need more members now to make an even bigger change. Walk with us!
Small steps = big outcomes
£1 invested in our schools work delivers £5 in health, air quality, carbon and traffic reduction benefits.
Living Streets Scotland’s pavement parking campaign
In 2019 the Scottish Government banned pavement parking across the country, after a long campaign from Living Streets Scotland. Scotland is the first place in the UK outside London to tackle the issue pavement parking, helping to make pavements safe and accessible for all users.
Volunteer campaign success
After work from London Living Streets Local Group a programme of wait time reviews was included in TfL’s Walking Action Plan to cover all the signalised crossings in London.
20mph speed limit in Wales
Living Streets Cymru was a key part of the Welsh Government task force group that made recommendations for a default 20mph speed limit for residential roads in Wales. As a result, eight locations in Wales are trailing default 20mph roads this summer ahead of government plans for a national roll out in 2023.
None of this would have been possible without the campaigning of Living Streets members since the organisation was founded in 1929. Join us.
- Poor air quality causes almost 64,000 early deaths in the UK every year. In a world-first ruling, a coroner last year confirmed that excessive air pollution made a material contribution to the death of 9-year old girl.
- Pedestrians accounted for 43% of fatalities and 30% of serious injuries on built up roads in England in 2019 with almost 5,300 pedestrians killed or seriously injured on England’s roads.
- Emissions from road transport made up around a fifth of the UK’s total greenhouse gas emissions. The school run alone is responsible for half a million tonnes of CO2 emissions annually in the UK, more than some small countries.
- Walking and cycling make you feel healthier, happier and less anxious. Reduce the risk factors for a number of diseases, including cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, some cancers, and Type II diabetes. Have mental health and neurological benefits including reduced risk of dementia, improved sleep quality, and a greater sense of wellbeing.